The British High Commission has issued a statement regarding leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu’s detention.
The British high commission has claimed on the recent arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
A spokeswoman for the commission, Dan Hurlock, stated that the commission is aware of Kanu’s arrest but that he was not apprehended in the United Kingdom, as some news outlets claimed.
“We can clarify that Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK for extradition purposes,” Hurlock said via a text message.
Recall Kanu has been on the run since 2017, when he escaped bail while facing a treasonous criminal trial. On Tuesday, he appeared in court before Justice Binta Nyako, who remanded him in custody until July 26th.
Kanu is a British citizen who has been staying in the United Kingdom since leaving Nigeria in 2017.
Recall Kanu was first arrested on October 14, 2015, following years of his campaign for the sovereign state of Biafra.
He was granted bail in April 2017 but fled Nigeria in 2018 after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB members. It has been difficult for the government to re-arrest him since then due in part to his UK citizenship.
While in the UK, he set up a militant arm of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB whose aim, according to Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, is to “halt every criminal activity and terrorist attack on Biafraland.”
But the emergence of the security outfit coincided with a spike in violent attacks in the south-east, with security agents mostly targeted.